LONGBOAT PASS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have found the body of a 6-year-old boy who went missing in the waters off southwest Florida.

The Herald-Tribune reports that on Monday morning, the Bradenton Beach Police Chief told the family of Lamontea Taylor that law enforcement found the boy’s body.

“It was not easy to deliver the news,” Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale told the paper.

The child went missing Saturday evening while swimming with his cousins. They got caught in a strong current and rescuers pulled three children from the water.

“We were having a cook out for the kids and stuff. I just wanted to get out of the house with them,” Laketa Taylor, Lamontea’s mother, told WTVT.

More than two dozen of the child’s relatives and friends gathered at Coquina Beach on Sunday to wait on news from the rescue crews.

“We thought they were over there eating at the table with everybody else,” Shakedrian Outing, Lamontea’s older sister added to the station. “When we looked and we were walking, we saw all of them up in the water and…we saw my other brother, Nick, he was screaming, ‘Help!’”

The child attended kindergarten at Samoset Elementary School in Bradenton.

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